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    Spyderco Forum Registered User Shagnasty's Avatar
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    3D bookmatched quilted

    Shawn,
    That is the nicest set of muley scales I've seen so far...hands down. Book matched quilted maple, Excellent choice, hard to beat a 3D offering from mother nature !!!! Nice accents with the mosaics and liner. Those scales stabilized or is there another finish on there? Your pics turned out great too.

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    Larry, the Maple was stablized and that's all. It was the first piece of wood I ever bought with the intention of making scales. Sometimes even a blind hog finds an acorn....

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    Oooh, that maple is nice.
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    I've finally gotten some time to sneak some Mules into the mix...

    First one is black and red G10 with and Anso-inspired texture.








    Next is contoured carbon fiber with matte finish.




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    Potterma,

    What are the torx screws threaded into?? This that a type of barrel nut? Where can I get them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MountainManJim View Post
    Potterma,

    What are the torx screws threaded into?? This that a type of barrel nut? Where can I get them?

    Jim
    They are 3/16" diameter SS threaded spacers available at www.mcmaster.com. I counterbore into the back of the scale to increase thread engagement.
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    Potterma,

    Thanks!! I was think if something similiar. Go to know it can turn out nicely. Nice work by the way.

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    Here is another CPM-M4 Mule.

    This one with matte contoured carbon fiber over Hunter Orange G10:








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    Orange/Black

    Potterma, wow, that's a really unique and eye-catching combination. Love the use of G-10 and CF. Nice work.

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    Potterma,
    Nice contrast with those colors. I really like that orange and black. Nice job.... Larry

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    Black Walnut Handle

    This is my first attempt at a knife handle.


















    I used black walnut crotch wood from set #5 listed at http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=603221.

    I bought a Spyderco Mule Team CPM M4 knife (http://www.spyderco.com/catalog/details.php?product=364) and fashioned my own handle.

    I don't have any real power tools to use. I used a cordless 3-3/8-Inch saw to cut (via two passes) one block in half to make bookends and then hand planned them flat.

    To secure the handle I used two hidden pins and epoxy that I put in place with the help of a tutorial found at http://www.northcoastknives.com/nort...ints_tips5.htm. The knife has holes pre-drilled that include an extra little notch which I thought would assist in the hold of the epoxy.

    I then used a coping saw, files, dremel tool and sandpaper shape the handle. I finished it with three coats of tung oil, steel wool between coats, and a buffer to shine (It was shinier before the steel wool but that didn't last).

    What do you think?

    I know there are some scratches to the blade's spine and underside and after looking at the photos I can see that there are some improvements to be made and better finishing to be done.

    After having completed this knife handle this far, I know a little more as to what effort and skill the true knifemakers must have and utilize to make their knives. It makes me appreciate all you true knifemakers even more!

    Thanks,

    Brett

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    Brett, I like it! It looks handmade, and you can easily (with a little time and elbow grease) take out small scratches in the blade.

    I'm envious of your work, guys. I'm going to have to get a mule myself and work on finding local hardwoods and maybe minerals for handle materials..

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    Just got this back from Scott at Scott's sheaths. He did a great job on both the handle and the sheath. Box elder burl handle. I'm really happy with how this came out! I thought I'd start displaying my other collection with my Spydie pix.
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    Here's mine
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    I have referred to it in my post here
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pancho View Post
    Just got this back from Scott at Scott's sheaths. He did a great job on both the handle and the sheath. Box elder burl handle. I'm really happy with how this came out! I thought I'd start displaying my other collection with my Spydie pix.
    You and your friend look too small to even pick the knife up.

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    Here are a couple of Spyderco Mule Teams I finished up recently.

    Black linen micarta, stainless steel tubes:




    Arizona Desert Ironwood, mosaic pins, stainless thong tube:





    Thanks for looking!
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    that desert ironwood is beautiful...nice job!
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    Here is an M4 Mule with matte ~.190" CF and .060" black liners. Nice beefy handle.






    Hunter Orange coarse peel ply, coin slot bolts and GITD highlights






    52100 mule. Material is Rams Horn, black G10 liners.





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    Thumbs up

    to Potterma: Very very nice!!!
    This is my first













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    Woo Hoo!

    Thanks Potterma, for the preview! Those last three look very nice, and I can't wait to feel the ram's horn in-hand.

    @ MyKnife
    Cool look of the G11(?) with the single mosaic pin. I really dig the backlit photo of the scales too!
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